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HBO Now on Cablevision


Cablevision has confirmed it will be the first cableco to offer HBO’s new steaming-only service, HBO Now, to its customers in the coming weeks. Cablevision didn’t disclose the deal’s terms or how much it’ll charge its customers. HBO said it will launch its HBO Now service early next month — in time for Season 5 of Game of Thrones — […]

Digital TV homes to double in LatAm

Despite slowing economic growth, the number of digital TV households in Latin America will double by 2020. A report by Digital TV Research estimates 152 million digital TV households by 2020. Digital TV will climb from only 17.9 per cent penetration of TV households at end-2010 to just over the halfway mark by end-2014 and onto 93.6 per cent by […]

Vodafone: ‘Content rights hurt convergence’


Philipp Humm, Vodafone’s European chief, told Cable Congress that ‘true convergence’ was their priority with everything centred on the subscriber. He said until now convergence – i.e. service packages – had been driven by discounting but real convergence would require changes in content rights and regulation. Vodafone – which has bought its way to being a major converged player in […]

Ofcom to review digital communications

UK comms regulator Ofcom has announced an overarching review of the nation’s digital communications markets, to ensure that communications providers and services continue to meet the needs of consumers and businesses. Ofcom’s Strategic Review of Digital Communications will examine competition, investment, innovation and the availability of products in the broadband, mobile and landline markets. By assessing these areas as a […]

Australia’s NBN promises gigabit speeds

NBN Co – the Australian government-owned corporation tasked to design, build and operate Australia’s National Broadband Network – has revealed at Cable Congress in Brussels that it is set to become one of the first telecommunications companies in the world to introduce DOCSIS 3.1, which supports download speeds of up to 10Gbps and up to 1Gbps upstream and by delivering […]

Fries: ‘US embarrassing on neutrality’

Mike Fries, CEO of Liberty Global, told delegates at Cable Congress that the US was just “embarrassing” on Net Neutrality. He said he had no idea what problem regulators thought they were trying to fix and that European authorities had a more sophisticated approach. “No one wants to block anyone, but we have to able to manage the network, we […]

Europe Cable adds €1bn

As ever, the Cable Congress opened with the latest industry numbers and Caroline van Weede, MD Cable Europe, declared “We are in good shape”. Cable faces more

APAC pay-TV $10bn boost

Pay-TV revenues in the Asia Pacific region (22 countries) will grow by $10 billion between 2014 and 2020, according to Digital TV Research. The Digital TV Asia Pacific Forecasts report estimates that pay-TV revenues will reach $41.52 billion by 2020.

US consumers against Comcast/TWC merger

US consumer advocacy body Consumers Union is heightening its opposition to the proposed merger of Comcast with Time Warner Cable by launching a new ad campaign in support of its efforts to see the deal rejected. It suggests that if the deal gets approved, Comcast would gain unprecedented control over what people see on TV and online, and how much […]

Q4 some relief for US pay-TV

The top pay-TV operators in the US added 101,000 new subscribers during the fourth quarter to end a roller coaster year in 2014 according to the latest report from Strategy Analytics, Digital Television Operator Performance Benchmarking: North America. The research firms findings suggest

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